Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlsschen-Hrlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Heavy aroma. Amber in color.clear, a minimal head or non.?heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, soft carbonation, long finish. But it is way over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8392) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle from 2005. Consumed July 6th, 2006. Poured crystal clear with that perfect copper hue. However the head was disappointing. Aroma is classic Barleywine. Its kinda sweet and malty. The taste is thick and viscous. A sweet malty flavor, fruity and sweet sugar along with some nice hop bitterness biting along the edge of my tongue. I also taste a bit of yeast that gives it just a slight hint of Belgium beer flavor. Really good beer for the ABV. First couple of ounces the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Leaves a sweet malty and fruity aftertaste. Might be a bit on the sweet side. All and all, nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1703) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Sleek and shimmering on the surface. Little head and a shiny caramel complexion. Aromas are dry with some earthy spices. A sip gives up some fruit -- cherries, raspberries, and apricot -- and straw or heather. Alcohol throughout, and not in the least bit hidden. Lots of length to the palate, even with a tiny taste. Complex and silky. Unique brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Very deep amber body, with a ligher foamy head that fades fast. The aroma is very syrupy sweet. This has a definate fruit taste, quite complex and full bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2006
Amber body, no head, sweet and a nice burn of alcohol which wasnt overpowering as I was expecting, caramel and apples in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Man this stuff is strong. Pours a transparent light brown color with a thin trace of white head. Pleasant fruity notes in the aroma with strong wiffs of alcohol. Face smackingly strong taste. Lots of fruit and burning alcohol in the flavor. I enjoyed this but its obviously far too young. It may be years before I re-rate this sucker as I dont see myself trying it again without at least 3 years of age. Seems like theres lots of potential here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6746) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2006
The alcohol comes on strong in this one, and I am reminded of port and sherry. Lots of sweet fruit in the taste, and a finish very similar to the strongest Belgian brews - probably due to them using a similar yeast to boost the alcohol content. It is pleasant to sit and sip this with a good book, rather like a glass of whisky. Rather flat, at least my bottle was so. It claims that it ages well, as is often the case of the stongest beers. If I had a decent cellar, I just might lay down a few bottles - but then I probably would have gone for some vintage port instead

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
03 bottle. BIG MALT!!! Holy smokes, this is literally liquid honey. To get that ABV up there they needed sugar and boy does this have it. The grains are out in force like wet brown sugar and bourbon. The alchohol is there but it amazingly takes backseat to the malt. I could sit here for a half hour and pick out every flavor in the malt; suffice to say, it takes on as many flavors as any Doppelbock Ive had. Whew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2003 Vintage. Goes down very smooth. Alcohol isnt nearly as apparent as one would expect. Highly rich and complex in nature. A must try for any brew enthusiast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
12oz - 2004 vintage - Aroma is strong. Alcohol, prune, alcohol, carmel, toffee, raisin, and oh did I mention alcohol? Pours transparent brown with small head and decent lacing. Flavor is sweet and hot with alcohol. Brown sugar, dark fruit, carmel, toffee, raisin, and molasses. Palate is surprisingly clean. Interesting brew. Even though the alcohol is apparent, it doesnt burn for 14%. A sweet and tasty brew.

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